Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 19

The Cosmic Christ

  "He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:6) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his st … [Read more...]

For Josh and Erica and their newborn son, at Christmas

James 1:27

  Many of you have probably heard about the 24-year-old BYU student, seminary teacher, and husband who died after a very brief  illness on Friday, 13 December, in the very hospital where his son had just been born a few hours earlier. A fund has been established for his widow and newborn son.  Even a small gift would be a wonderful gesture at this Christmas s … [Read more...]

“Looking again at one of the greatest of all stories”

Nativity scene at Temple Square in Salt Lake City (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   My weekly column for the Deseret News, and my last prior to Christmas 2013:   … [Read more...]

Three cheers for Prince Charles!


  I'm not an especially big fan, but I was happy to see him speak out on an issue that isn't getting much attention:   … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 18

Rembrandt, Head of Christ (No. 3)

   "If ye love me, keep my commandments."  (John 14:15) “Knowlege of God without knowledge of man's wretchedness leads to pride. Knowledge of man's wretchedness without knowledge of God leads to despair. Knowledge of Jesus Christ is the middle course, because by it we discover both God and our wretched state.”  (Blaise Pascal) Franz Schubert's Mass in G Major D. 167 was not, of course, written for Christmas.  But some of the "Credo" portion of it is … [Read more...]

He lives, and modern apostles still testify of him.

The Calgary Alberta Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (photo taken by Nick Basi -- probably in July or August, that far north) (click to enlarge)   … [Read more...]

A voice from California, my native state

The University of California at Santa Cruz, home of the Banana Slugs (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.) A few things you can deduce from this video: 1)  The old joke about how "they" tilted the continent so that all the fruits and nuts rolled out to California and the Left Coast may, alas, contain some truth. 2)  The Santa Cruz city council were very patient in 2008. 3)  Our educational system plainly fails to reach ev … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 17

Madonna and Child, by Marianne Stokes (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   “And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.“And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!“And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.“And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of th … [Read more...]